Monday, October 4, 2010

Guest Blog Post: G is for Googol: A Math Alphabet Book by David M. Schwartz, pictures by Marissa Moss

“L” is for literacy in math. Most encounter math as simply hard numbers, impossible logic, and unending fear. Some believe reading and writing have no place in math. G is for Googol quells these notions. From A-Z, this book shows the softer side of math, using lively illustrations, simplistic writing, and a resounding message that math is interconnected to real life and can actually be fun. It supplies educators with great examples and a great answer for the lingering question all math students ask: “Why do I need to know this?” Educators and students alike can benefit from reading this book due to its simplistic, but informative nature. It also serves its purpose of making sure every reader can feel at home with math, no matter his or her skill level. --Vinny Agostinelli

-- Vinny Agostinelli is a math teacher at Passages Academy- Summit, where he regularly incorporates real life math into his lessons.

Schwartz, David M. and Marissa Moss. G is for Googol: A Math Alphabet Book. New York: Random House, 1998.

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